Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers benefit from locomotive waste transfer in the form of less congested highways. But because New York's own trains are so old, people who live near the tracks in NYC and L.I. suffer from needless pollution and related health problems. We are simply asking that New York's trains meet modern emissions standards required of every other transportation vehicle.
- State of New York
Governor Andrew Cuomo
I am writing to ask you to support the replacement of New York State's oldest freight trains with new, "Green" tier 3 locomotives through Part Y, Section 1, of Assembly Bill A.3008B in the final 2014 New York State budget.
Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers benefit from locomotive waste transfer in the form of less congested highways. But people who live near the tracks suffer from needless pollution, and related health problems, because these trains engines are so antiquated. We are simply asking that these trains meet modern emissions standards that are required of every other transportation vehicle.
These old, high emission trains are operated in backyards, by schools, near beaches, and in parks throughout New York City and Long Island. They are owned by the people of the State of New York. The United States Environmental Protection Agency says they should be replaced with new, “Green” tier 3 locomotives, as high emissions vehicles are correlated to environmental degradation and health problems.
The New York State Assembly has set aside funding for new trains in their budget. At least one train will be replaced each year until all ten trains are new. This is a very modest request in light of the immense regional benefits these trains provide and the community burdens they are creating because they are antiquated. Please put your support behind environmentally sustainable locomotives.
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